View Full Version : all time favorite caliber

February 5, 2006, 05:05 PM
feel free to post what your favorite caliber is.

February 5, 2006, 05:14 PM
.308 Its gotta be my favorite. Although a close second would be the .50BMG.

Shooter 973
February 5, 2006, 05:26 PM
I'd have to go with the grand Old 30-06. Can do anything I need a rifle to do, from varmints to Big Game. All around best cartridge ever made...:)

February 5, 2006, 06:24 PM
Jack O'Conner's .270 Winchester ... hence the name ;)

With the classic .30-06 and all the various .22 iterations (.22LR, .220 Swift, .22-250, .222 Rem, .223 Rem, etc. etc. etc.) tied for a close second.

An equally interesting post might be "What is your all-time LEAST favorite caliber/cartridge?"

That takes a little more thought, I think...

February 5, 2006, 08:08 PM
Oh the blasphemy......but she's a 7STW.

Recoil like a .270 and the ability to have no hold over to 400 yards. And pushing 140 Ballistic Tips through deer at 3400fps. The gun rags lie.

February 5, 2006, 08:17 PM
my favorite used to be the 270 win. But now its the 270 wsm. I love this gun. So far its been the best gun I've owned.

February 5, 2006, 08:22 PM

February 5, 2006, 08:23 PM
It served our country well in sevral wars and it can take on game and Bgs with one shot. We should have never switched to the 5.56 in the nilitary its a squirell gun.

February 5, 2006, 08:32 PM

trigger happy
February 5, 2006, 08:58 PM
I love the .22 long rifle :) it's my all time favorite

February 5, 2006, 09:03 PM

Byron Adams
February 5, 2006, 10:00 PM
257 Roberts

Rem1187, the 5.56 in the M193 is very effective and lethal. Byron

February 5, 2006, 10:10 PM
.260 Remington

I like the .260 Remington because I like lightweight rifles that don't kill on the launching side. Also, I live in eternal fear of scopes on anything larger than about an '06. The .260 has bitten me once or twice, but I really had to contort myself to do it! :o

This round can toss a 125gr Partition at 2900-fps (chronographed handloads, 22"), which is treading into 130gr/.270 territory (so I give up 5 grains of weight and 150-fps or so; fair trade).

What I have difficulty wrapping my head around is the fact that a 150-160gr 7mm bullet at 7mm-08 velocity is considered good for elk by some, yet many people will pooh-pooh a 140gr 6.5mm slug at 2700+ fps and relegate to "deer-sized game and smaller". Am I missing something? I know the Swedes kill their moose regularly with 6.5x55s and .308s, so I have faith my .260 is capable of shots on elk, if I ever get the opportunity and reserve a little restraint on slinging the lead!

Oh yeah, one caveat: You won't see a factory 140gr .260 load doing anywhere near 2700-fps. More like 2600 over the chronograph. Takes some max-dose handloads to get near those speeds, and I'm not sure I'm actually there. The 120-130gr bullet seems to be a better fit for this case, IME.

February 5, 2006, 10:55 PM
6.5x55 > .223 > 30'06

February 5, 2006, 10:56 PM

February 6, 2006, 04:01 AM
.308.......if It's Good Enough For Military Snipers It's Good Enough For Me

February 6, 2006, 06:36 AM
270 Winchester, I've bagged deer and feral hogs with it that is why it's my favorite hunting caliber. When I do get a chance to hunt big bears and moose maybe it won't be my favorite hunting caliber, but the 45/70 will be perfect. Now my favorite caliber of all just because I shoot so much of it is 223 Remington. josh

February 6, 2006, 06:43 AM
22 lr.

At years end I seem to have shot at least 10 times as much 22 ammo than anythig else. Therefore it must be my favorite.

February 6, 2006, 06:44 AM
No doubt about it; the .22 LR is the round I shoot and enjoy the most. I shoot rimfire benchrest, plink outdoors, and shoot offhand indoors with it. It's versatile and requires less cleaning per shot than other calibers.

For centerfire, it's probably the .270 Win, though the .22-250 and .30-06 have brought me lots of enjoyment over the years.


February 6, 2006, 08:18 AM
Definitely the .30-06. From mice to meese and then some.

February 6, 2006, 08:31 AM
7.92 x 57JS (so-called 8mm Mauser.) The parent cartridge for the .30-06....and many of the other "classic" cartridges.

February 6, 2006, 12:42 PM
Oh where do I begin:

Id say that the old reliable .22lr is my alltime favourite. What other gun can you sit in the back of a halfton with and burn 500 to a thousand rounds through in an afternoon. And what other round can you blast away and not care that you wasted an entire magazine on a running gopher and missed with all ten shots because you were luaghing too hard.

Other than the .22lr my favourite round would have to be the often underestimated .243 Winchester

February 6, 2006, 12:45 PM
Toss up between .270 and 8X57...............Essex

Brian Williams
February 7, 2006, 01:36 PM
357 Magnum.

February 7, 2006, 02:37 PM
45/70 Government. . . fat, old, and slow. Just like me.;)

February 7, 2006, 02:51 PM
Tossup between 6.5x55mm, .22lr, and .243 win. .270 win, .280 rem, and .30-'06 up there also. Sorry; can't pick just one.

February 7, 2006, 02:59 PM
Tossup between .30-06 and .45ACP

High Planes Drifter
February 7, 2006, 03:03 PM
Tossup between .308, 6.5x55, and of course the .30-06.
This is just too hard of a question.